Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Nagaland Olympics & Paralympic Games underway

Staff Reporter /Correspondent

Paralympic inaugurated at Dimapur

The first Nagaland Paralympic was inaugurated at Vidhya Bhawan Higher Secondary School, Nagarjan, Dimapur on Tuesday with State Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Diethono Nakhro as special guest.
In her speech, Nakhro said that only a few disciplines are being conducted this year but hoped that it will continue bigger and stronger in the years to come. There was so much potential in sports for the youth with disabilities and the vision is to design and enable them to excel in a sporting arena across the globe, she stated.
She further added that every citizen, including citizens with disability, should have the same rights to life to the fullest, to chase their dreams and to live up to their potentials.
She lauded young athletes with disability stating that through sports they can embrace their disability to find strangeness and power through with the possibility that lies within themselves and set example to others the courage to persuade their hopes and dreams not just in sports but in life as well.
She also thanked the Nagaland para sports community, Indian Blind, Para sports Judo Association and Nagaland Olympic Association, etc. Meanwhile, sports commission, Indian Blind and Para Judo Association, Dr S Uma Shankar, in his brief speech stated that the state has good para players who could bring laurels to the state and the country if encouraged and well trained.
Co-convener, Nagaland Parasports Committee and joint secretary, NOA, Kuputo Shohe, also delivered a short speech, and read out the message of chief minister, Neiphiu Rio. It may be noted that Nagaland Paralympic SON (Special Olympic Association) was established in 2009 and has organized district games and Community Coach training programs in 11 districts till 2018. SON has also participated in the five National Games and several National Championship and National Winter Games. In December 2013, four athletes and a Coach participated in the Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle Australia, in which they won one gold and two silvers. Altogether SON has 37 members.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by Kezhaleno Phira and welcome address delivered by president, Special Olympic Nagaland, Victor, invocation offered by pastor, Ao Baptist Church, Naga United Village, Sadem Lemtur and vote of thanks by member, Nagaland Sports Committee, Kevin Yepthomi. Highlights of the inaugural programme included special numbers by Special Olympic Nagaland and special song by Blind and para judo Association.
It can be added that the Nagaland Paralympic Games in Dimapur would witness participants in the discipline of Blind judo, Shot Put and Para Bocce.

Athletes in action at the para judo in Dimapur on Tuesday. (DPRO)

Shooting competition from today

Rothihu Tetseo tries his hand at shooting.

The inaugural programme on shooting competition at the Nagaland Olympics & Paralympic Games was held at Shooting Range, Multidisciplinary Sports Complex, Dimapur, on Tuesday under the motto” Stronger together”.
The inaugural programme was graced by Commissioner of Police, Rothihu Tetseo, as special guest.
Briefing on the origin of Olympic, Rothihu said that Olympic came into being during the period of war to bring peace and unity.
On the importance of games and sports, Tetseo said that it brings peace and symbolizes unity of athletes and sportspersons.
Noting that shooting requires concentration, skill, confident and determination, he encouraged the shooters to take note of it. Rothihu also declared the championship open.
The programme was chaired by secretary, NSSA, Shalo Khing and began with an invocation by Chekiye Village Baptist Church, pastor, Dr. Kisheto Aomi. Participants representing nine districts- Mon, Niuland, Zunheboto, Phek, Kohima, Dimapur, Chumoukedima, Wokha and Tseminyu are participating in the event.
The shooting competition will take place on August 24 and 25 include 10m Rifle (men &women), 10m pistol (men & women), mixed team rifle, mixed team pistol, 50m rifle prone (men), 50m rifle prone (women).

Badminton tournament in Longleng

S. Pangnyu Phom

The Li Ning 44th Inter-District & State Open Badminton Championship and Nagaland Olympic & Paralympic Games 2022 got underway at Longleng on Tuesday after it was inaugurated by minister of Health & Family Welfare, S. Pangnyu Phom.
The minister in his speech, lauded the District Badminton Association and district administration Longleng headed by DC and all others involved for their tremendous effort and outstanding contribution in making the tournament a reality.
He said that organizing such mega sports event in the district marked the beginning of development, progress and capabilities in all-round activities of Longleng. Pangnyu also acknowledged that lack of resources as a reason for failure in many aspects that discourage many young talents for opting sports as a profession. Despite all these challenges, the minister said that many sports persons of the state were excelling and catching up with other sports persons. He informed that the government was doing its best to upgrade the infrastructure and quality management of the sportsperson down to the grassroot level.
In his greetings, DC, Longleng, Dharamraj extended gratitude to all the officials, players and management for their active participation for the event. He informed that it was not just a mere tournament but a tournament of hope, positivity and change where the people of Longleng wished to see.
In his short speech, sr. vice president of NBA and vice president BAI, Dr. Watizulu Suzumeren informed that it was the first tournament representative by all the 16 districts of the state and first time live telecast system will be used. He expressed gratitude to the collective effort of the NBA and chief minister Neiphiu Rio for providing the court mat. Informing that the 50 years of NBA will be held in Kohima in 2023, he encouraged the team Longleng to practice well and perform during the celebration of 50 years of NBA in Kohima.
President LDBA, Toshi Angh expressed heartfelt gratitude to the chief minister for providing logistic and financial support.


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